What is the Difference Between an Epitaph and a Cenotaph and Where Did the Words Come From?

When we gather at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day it is because a cenotaph is a monument inscribed to honor the dead but which does not contain any remains.

An epitaph is inscribed on the tombstone above a grave.

Both words and concepts are Greek in origin.

Today, the simplest epitaphs are for Catholic clergy.

Seven crosses for a bishop, five for a priest, and one for parishioners.

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